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Incorporated February 2006

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Mission Statement

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery exists to reduce the incidence and consequence of obesity in Texas through advocacy, education and prevention; to promote access to appropriate obesity treatments; to end obesity discrimination and bias; and to advance clinical excellence in the treatment of the patient with obesity.

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery (TABS) is a resource for weight loss surgery physicians, surgeons and patients. The TABS serves patients and the medical professionals who care for them through education, wellness and advocacy efforts. TABS physician and surgeon members share ideas in the education, prevention and treatment of obesity to improve patient outcomes, conduct patient education, promote healthy living and advocate for the rights of the obese.

Weight loss surgery patients are invited to join the effort by registering with TABS to receive updates and event notices, and to have your voices heard by legislators. Together we will work to improve and change the lives of the obese and weight loss surgery patients across Texas.

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Executive Officers

President: Michael V. Seger, MD FACS FASMBS
Vice President: Robert O. Carpenter, MD MPH FASMBS
Secretary: Todd D. Wilson, MD
Treasurer: Sina Matin, MD FASMBS
Past Presidents: Richard Peterson, MD MPH FACS FASMBS (2014-2016); Glen M. Ihde, MD (2012-2014); Joseph Kuhn, MD (2010-2012); Erik B. Wilson, MD FASMBS (2008-2010); Lloyd H. Stegemann, MD FASMBS (2005-2008)
Integrated Health Chair: Sharla Stroup, RN CBN CNOR
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Carol Wolin-Riklin
Integrated Health Secretary: John Archibeque, MSN MBA CBSGL RN CBN
Integrated Health Past Presidents: Renee O’Daniel, RN MSN, Cyndi Inkpen, MPA CBSGL, Connie Klein, NP CBN
Executive Director: Carrie Steffen
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Robert O. Carpenter, MD MPH FASMBS
Lower Midwest Regional Super STAR: Richard Peterson, MD MPH FACS FASMBS

West Regional Rep: Bo Neichoy, MD
Coastal Rep: Terry Scarborough, MD
Northeast Rep: Andre Graham, MD
South Central Rep: Todd Wilson, MD
North Central Rep: Richard Englehardt, MD FASMBS

Board Members

Watson P. Roye, Jr., MD
Louis M. Reyes, MD
Hugh Babineau, MD FASMBS

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Contact Info

Carrie Steffen, Chapter Administrator
137 Horizon Hill
Newnan, GA 30265
678-675-2696
info@txtabs.org

Advocacy Information

Chapter Meetings

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2017
    January 27-28, 2017
    Hilton Anatole Dallas
    Dallas, TX

  • Texas State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Magazine Room

  • Fall 2016 – Advocacy Meetings – TABS leadership to meet with local legislators

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2016
    January 22-23, 2016
    Eilan Hotel & Spa
    18603 La Cantera Parkway
    San Antonio, TX 78256

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #404A

  • January 24, 2015 – TABS Annual Meeting

  • November 5, 2014 – ASMBS Chapter Meeting

  • June 19, 2014, Miami – President’s Summit

  • January 25, 2014 – TABS Annual Meeting

Chapter Updates

  • Texas State Chapter representation at the Your Weight Matters National Convention in San Antonio (President, Vice President, Super STAR, STAR, Past President, Allied Health Secretary and Allied Health Past President)

  • October 25, 2014 – Patient Conference

Support Groups

http://txtabs.org/support.html

The Davis Clinic

Coordinator
Jamie Carr, RN, BSN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-464-6000
Coordinator’s Email
jamie.carr@thedavisclinic.com
Name of Support Group
The Davis Clinic
Link to Support Group
www.thedavisclinic.com

Providence Memorial Hospital

Coordinator
Michele Collins, RN, CBN & Rose Ruleford, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Email
Andream.Collins@tenethealth.com
Rose.Ruleford@tenethealth.com
Name of Support Group
El Paso Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.discoverlivingagain.com

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

Coordinator
Trudy Ivins RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-242-4290
Coordinator’s Email
trudy.ivins2memorialhermann.org
Name of Support Group
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Bariatric Support Group

Medical City and Baylor Dallas

Coordinator
Lauren Watson, RD
Coordinator’s Telephone
214-823-5000
Coordinator’s Email
lwatson@wlsdocs.com
Name of Support Group
Medical City Support Group, Baylor University Medical Center Support Group

Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center

Coordinator
Zola Lander, BSN, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-527-5027
Coordinator’s Email
zola.lander@tenethealth.com
Name of Support Group
Park Plaza Hospital Support Group

New Dimensions Weight Loss

Coordinator
Theresa Kloewer, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
210-575-8111
Coordinator’s Email
Theresa.Kloewer@MHSHealth.com
Name of Support Group
Health for Life Support Group

Texas Health Presbyterian – Denton

Coordinator
Skyler Griffin, RN, BSN
Coordinator’s Telephone
940-323-3450
Coordinator’s Email
skyler.griffin@texashealth.org
Name of Support Group
Provost Bariatrics Attitudinal Healing Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.provostbariatrics.com

Texas Health Presbyterian – Plano

Coordinator
Nancy Velting, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-981-3861
Coordinator’s Email
nancyvelting@texashealth.org
This support group meets the 1st Thursday of each month in the lower level of Tower C in the Magnolia Room at 6pm.

Valley Surgical

Coordinator
Paula Kilgore, RN, CBN – Bariatric Surgery Director & Stephanie Canales, RD, LD – Dietitian
Coordinator’s Telephone
956-994-2734
Coordinator’s Email
paula.kilgore@uhsrgv.com
Name of Support Group
Beary Buddies
Link to Support Group
www.valleyobesitysurgery.com
www.mcallenhearthospital.com

Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss

Coordinator
Jessie Newman, RD
Coordinator’s Telephone
361-985-9500
Coordinator’s Email
jessie@texasbariatric.com
Name of Support Group
Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Corpus Christi Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.texasbariatric.com

Felts Surgical Weight Loss Solutions

Coordinator
Karla Tacey, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-239-5722
Coordinator’s Email
karlatacey@drfrankfelts.com
Name of Support Group
Felts Surgical Weight Loss Solutions Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.drfrankfelts.com

WLS Surgical Association

Coordinator
Heather Hunt, RN, BSN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-566-6749
Coordinator’s Email
Heather.Hunt@hcahealthcare.com
Name of Support Group
Medical City Dallas Hospital Support Group

Texas Gastric Bariatrics

Coordinator
Tina Wikenfeld
Coordinator’s Telephone
936-441-3133
Coordinator’s Email
tina@consolidated.net
Name of Support Group
Texas Gastric Banding support Group
Link to Support Group
www.texasgastricbanding.com

St. David’s Bariatric Center

Coordinator
Carrie Wischropp, RN, BSN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
512-544-LIFE (5433)
Coordinator’s Email
Carrie.Wischropp@stdavids.com
Name of Support Group
St. David’s WLS Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.stdavidsweightloss.com

The Bariatric Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Coordinator
John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
512-901-2005
Coordinator’s Email
john.archibeque@stdavids.com
Name of Support Group
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center WLS Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.stdavids.com

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Coordinator
Jan Stone, BSN, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
214-947-8161
Coordinator’s Email
janstone@mhd.com
Name of Support Group
Methodist Weight Management Institute

Conroe Regional Medical Center

Coordinator
Melanie Nicks, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
936-538-2575
Coordinator’s Email
Melanie.Nicks@hcahealthcare.com
Name of Support Group
Conroe Regional Medical Center Weight Loss Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.conroeregional.com

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston, TX

Coordinator
Sharla Stroup, RN CBN CNOR
Coordinator’s Telephone
281-737-0972
Coordinator’s Email
sdstroup@tmhs.org
Name of Support Group
Methodist Willowbrook Bariatric Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.methodisthealth.com/bariatrics-support-group